Friday, March 6, 2015

Today Only: Libriomancer: (Magic Ex Libris Book 1) by Jim C. Hines for $1.99

Libriomancer: (Magic Ex Libris Book 1) by Jim C. Hines, all around great guy, is on sale today only in ebook format for $1.99. If Hines sounds familiar to you here at SurLaLune, he is also the author of the Princess series that retold several fairy tale princess stories, starting with The Stepsister Scheme (PRINCESS Book 1). I myself am an eternal fan just alone for his contributions to the discussion about the Cover Posing issues on book covers.

Book description:

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . .

Or a better one from Jim's blog:

Isaac Vainio has spent the past two years working at the Copper River Library in northern Michigan, secretly cataloguing books for their magical potential, but forbidden from using that magic himself…except for emergencies. Emergencies like a trio of young vampires who believe Isaac has been killing their kind, and intend to return the favor.

Isaac is a libriomancer, brilliant but undisciplined, with the ability to reach into books and create objects from their pages. And attacking a libriomancer in his own library is never a good idea.

But vampires are only the beginning. This was merely the latest in a series of attacks against members of Die Zwelf Portenære, a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg to protect the world from supernatural threats. Among the casualties is Ray Walker, Isaac’s friend and mentor in magic.

Complicating matters further is the arrival of a dryad named Lena Greenwood. Along with a neurotic fire-spider named Smudge, Isaac and Lena set out to find and stop whoever is behind the attacks. But things are worse than Isaac imagined. An unknown killer of unimaginable power has been torturing and murdering humans and vampires alike. And Gutenberg, now more than six hundred years old, has disappeared. If Isaac is to have any hope of preventing all-out war, he will have to truly master the magic of libriomancy.

Assuming he doesn’t lose control and wipe himself from existence first.

Fairy Tales in Advertising: Advance Info Service: Snow White

Advance Info Service: Snow White
Good story deserves good ending. AIS Book donations for children.

Not a brand new concept if you've been reading the Fairy Tales in Advertising features here on SurLaLune for a while but some really dark illustrations this time. And The Little Prince is a surprise. Another one that would be lost on most of the audience in the U.S. but works in countries where French influence is stronger. Didn't expect it in Thailand, I admit.

Campaign info from Ads of the World:

Advertising Agency: Matchbox, Bangkok, Thailand
Creative Director: Vinai Ngamphathipong
Art Director: Ngamnade Pongrakananon
Copywriters: Vilasinee Malyanon, Kraichit Chargonpanish
Illustrator: Neab Niyom
Published: May 2008

Advance Info Service: Pinocchio

Advance Info Service: The Little Prince

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Tale of the Dragon: An Unexpected Sleep Test Story

I have been VERY SLOWLY updating some of the pages on SurLaLune. Today I added a new tale to the Tales Similar to Princess and the Pea page. While the tale is not an authentic ATU 704 Princess on the Pea story, it bears enough similarities including the presence of a pea and a sleep test. The pea disturbs the sleep, too, but not for a reason you have probably ever read before. Unless you have read this particular tale. Since a dragon and a riddle challenge is also found within, there's much to enjoy in this short tale. The story will also permanently reside at The Tale of the Dragon.

The Tale of the Dragon
A Grecian Tale

ONCE on a time there was a man who, as he was walking along, found a pea, and said to himself, "I will plant this pea and when the pea-stalk grows up it will bear many peas, and so I shall be able one day to lade ships with them, perhaps even the twelve ships of the King. With that thought in his head he got up and went to find the King and have an audience with him. So he presented himself before him and asked him for his twelve ships, that he might lade them—with his one pea! which he had in his shoe.

When the King heard the words of this young hero, he said to him, "If it please you I have a daughter whom I think worthy of you."

But I forgot to tell you that this man, as he was going to see the King, met with a dragon, who said to him, "Whither away?"

"To seek my fortune," he replied.

"Your fortune is made if you prove able to answer me ten questions," answered the dragon, "but otherwise you are lost. And if on the other hand you do answer the ten questions, you will be presented with that palace that you see there, as it is, with all its belongings, gardens and estates, and I shall burst asunder as soon as you answer me all my questions."

Let us leave the dragon, then, who had made this bargain with Penteclemas (for so the young man was called), and let us come to speak of the King who desires him for a son-in-law.

Now poor Penteclemas thought if he were to say "No!" the King would not believe his word and would not let him have the ships. So he thought he had better say "Yes!" and see how things turned out. When he had given his consent, the King, in order to assure himself whether he was rich or poor, gave orders to a servant to put ragged sheets and a torn coverlid on his bed, for Penteclemas to pass the night on. And when night fell he said to him, "Go to your chamber, for it is time to sleep." The King told the servant to watch all night long to see whether he went to sleep or not.

"For," said he, "if he sleep, it is a sign he is poor; but if he do not sleep it shows he has been accustomed to new bed-clothes and cannot sleep on rags." In the morning the servant tells him that Penteclemas was restless all the night and never closed his eyes. Then the King orders him on the following night to lay the bed properly and with due regard to comfort. And not to make a long tale of it, in the good bed our young hero sleeps as sound as sound could be, because he had no fear of losing his pea in this bed. So the King was satisfied that he was a youth of good birth, and married him to his daughter.

But the reason why he had not slept the first night was not because of the ragged bed-clothes, but only because he was afraid of losing the pea and not being able to find it.

After a time he began to think of what he should say to the dragon, since the time was drawing near—forty days' grace having been fixed.

When the wedding had taken place about three days, our young hero wished to leave home, and the Princess desired to accompany him. Accordingly a considerable retinue followed in her train, and her husband, Penteclemas, went to the dragon's castle in order to learn his fate, and see what would befall him. He went on in front, and a short distance behind followed his wife with her train of attendants. Penteclemas said to them, "If the Princess asks whose are these estates, mind you tell her they belong to Penteclemas. This can do you no harm." And as luck would have it the Princess actually did ask once or twice about the estates, and when she heard they belonged to her husband she was very much pleased. But the unfortunate Penteclemas kept thinking over the words of the dragon, and what sort of questions he would ask him; for the time allowed was drawing to an end.

When they arrived at the dragon's castle, he and his wife went up the steps, and the rest of the company took their leave. Penteclemas was very thoughtful. His wife said to him, "What ails you?"

"Nothing," said he, for what should he answer her, and how was he to tell her what was going to happen, when the time for the dragon's approach drew near? At last an old woman from the neighbourhood saw the wife of Penteclemas sorrowful.

"What ails you?" she asked.

She answered, "Seeing my husband sad and thoughtful, I am sad as well."

Then the old woman goes to Penteclemas and puts the same question to him. What had he to hope from the old woman? So he hid his thoughts from her, till at last she got impatient, and then he told her. The old woman consoled him, saying, that when the dragon came she would answer the questions he put, and that he was never to mind the dragon at all, but only to comfort the Princess who was so sorrowful.

When the dragon came he called out, "Are you there?"

"Glad to see you!" shouts the old woman, pretending to be Penteclemas. Then they close the doors and the dragon and the old woman are shut up together in the castle.

The dragon cries, "What does one stand for?"

"One stands for God!" cries the old woman

Dragon: "What does two stand for?"

Old Woman: "Even-handed justice!"

Dragon: "What does three stand for?"

Old Woman: "The three legs of the trivet that they put the pot on."

Dragon: "What does four stand for?"

Old Woman: "The four teats of the cow."

Dragon: "What does five stand for?"

Old Woman: "The five fingers of our hands."

Dragon: "What does six stand for?"

Old Woman: "The six stars in the constellation Pleiades."

Dragon: "What does seven stand for?"

Old Woman: "A dance of seven damsels."

Dragon: "What does eight stand for?"

Old Woman: "The eight tentacles of the eight-footed octopus."

Dragon: "What does nine stand for?"

Old Woman: "Nine months your mother bare you."

Dragon: "What does ten stand for?"

Old Woman: "Why that's your own number. Burst, dragon, burst!"

So the dragon burst, and Penteclemas inherited the castle and all its belongings, and lived happily with the Princess, and they loaded the old woman with money.


Geldart, Edmund Martin. Folk-Lore of Modern Greece: The Tales of the People. London: W. Swan Sonnenschein and Company, 1884.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Release: Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School) by Jen Calonita

(US/UK Links)

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School) by Jen Calonita is released this week in the US and UK. See Fairy Tale Reform School: Flunked (UK Link).

Remember how I mention trends in fairy tale retelling publishing sometimes? Fairy tale schools are definitely an official trend. We've had The School for Good and Evil and Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends and don't forget the Fairy Tale High Dolls which are NOT Ever After High.I think there are a few mores but those are the ones I remember as I spend a few minutes composing this post.

Book description:

Flunked is an exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. "Charming fairy-tale fun." -Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.

Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly...but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly's a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).

Until she gets caught.

Gilly's sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its heroic mission. There's a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change?

New Release: The Crow of Connemara by Stephen Leigh

(US/UK Links)

The Crow of Connemara by Stephen Leigh is released this week in the US and UK. See The Crow of Connemara (UK Link). This is billed as drawing from mythology and folktales, but nothing specific, but that's enough to warrant a mention here.

Book description:

The Crow of Connemara is a contemporary Celtic fantasy set primarily in Ireland. Picking up threads from ancient Irish mythology and folktales, this story is fantasy, drama, and tragic romance all at once, a tale caught in the dark places where the world of ancient myth intersects our own, where old ways and old beliefs struggle not to be overwhelmed by the modern world.

Colin Doyle is young Irish-American musician from Chicago, whose interest is traditional Irish music. Maeve Gallagher is an Oileánach, an "Islander" from Ireland's west coast. Islanders are outcasts treated with suspicion by the locals, who think them responsible for wild and strange happenings in the area. Colin soon discovers that he's connected to Maeve in ways he never could have imagined.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling Fairy Tales and Fantasy Symposium

Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling Fairy Tales and Fantasy Symposium

When: 5/23/2015
Where: University of Chichester
United Kingdom


The 'Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling Fairy Tales and Fantasy' symposium draft program has now been released--you can view it here. If you would like to register to attend this all-day event on Saturday 23 May, tickets are on sale here. For more information, please contact

Heidi's note: The schedule looks wonderful and I wish I was going to be there! I wasn't able to copy and paste it from the program but do click the link to see the scheduled sessions. 

New Release: Kin (Tales of Beauty and Madness) by Lili St. Crow

(US/UK Link)

Kin (Tales of Beauty and Madness) by Lili St. Crow is officially released in the US tomorrow. It won't be release in the UK until May 1st at Kin (Tales of Beauty and Madness) (UK Link). It's the third and final book in a series, following Nameless: A Tale of Beauty and Madness (Tales of Beauty and Madness) and Wayfarer: A Tale of Beauty and Madness (Tales of Beauty and Madness).

Book description:

Dreamily dark and spellbinding with a hint of horror, New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow stuns with this toothsome retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Full moon. Glowing eyes. Red lips. And such sharp, sharp teeth…

In the kin world, girls Ruby de Varre’s age are expected to play nice, get betrothed, and start a family—especially if they’re rootkin, and the fate of the clan is riding on them. But after a childhood of running wild in the woods, it’s hard to turn completely around and be demure. Even if your Gran is expecting it.

Then Conrad, handsome and charming, from a clan across the Waste, comes to New Haven to seal alliance between their two families. The sparks fly immediately. Conrad is smart, dominant, and downright gorgeous. Yet as Ruby gets to know him more, she starts to realize something'

Then, the murders start. A killer stalks the city streets, and just when Ruby starts to suspect the unimaginable, she becomes the next target. Now Ruby’s about to find out that Conrad’s secrets go deeper than she ever could have guessed—and it’s up to Ruby to save her Gran, her clan, and maybe even herself....

Prepare to become thrillingly lost in the third, final, and simply mesmerizing installment of Lili St. Crow’s Tales of Beauty and Madness series.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Two Bargain Ebooks: George's Princess of the Midnight Ball and Wiesner's The Three Pigs

It's March 1st, a new month and a new set of titles in the Kindle Store : Monthly Deals for $3.99 or Less. Two of the books this month are fairy tale inspired. One has been bargain priced previously and one is an old favorite I hadn't thought about in a long while. Princess of the Midnight Ball (Twelve Dancing Princesses Book 1) by Jessica Day George has been on sale before but if you don't own it yet, it is certainly worthy of the $1.99 needed to make it yours. It's usually in the $6 range.

The other title is The Three Pigs (Caldecott Medal Book) by David Wiesner, winner of a Caldecott Medal, so yes, this will be a digital picture book for $1.99. I adore this book and think I should post about it soon since it was first published long before this blog was begun. Not SurLaLune mind you, but the blog portion, yes. It is 14 years old and I was so thrilled when it won the medal. Happy thoughts as I think about it... Looking at it again is like catching up with an old, long lost friend and not needing Facebook to make that happen. Yes, it will get it's own post soon. Cause I will enjoy doing it.

Book description for Princess of the Midnight Ball (Twelve Dancing Princesses Book 1):

Rose is one of twelve princesses forced to dance through the night in an underground palace. The key to breaking the spell lies in magic knitting needles, an invisibility cloak, and-of course-true love. Inspired by "The Twelve Dancing Princesses,"this novel is as captivating as it is fresh. Enchanted readers are sure to clamor for the new companion, Princess of Glass, also published.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Two Bargain Ebooks for the Day

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen is on sale for $1.99 today only in ebook format. It's Robin Hood, so a folklore retelling, of course.

And while we're here, another book of interest to some readers here, Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess (Girl Genius Book 2) by Phil and Kaja Foglio, is also on sale for a short while for $1.99. It usually ranges in the $9.99 range and is full of steampunk fun. Very well reviewed, too.

Book description for Scarlet:

Posing as one of Robin Hood's thieves to avoid the evil Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only Big John and Robin Hood know the truth-that the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. It's getting harder to hide as Gisbourne's camp seeks to find Scarlet and drive Robin Hood out of Nottinghamshire.

But Scarlet's instinct for self-preservation is at war with a strong sense of responsibility to the people who took her in when she was on the run, and she finds it's not so easy to turn her back on her band and townspeople. As Gisbourne draws closer to Scarlet and puts innocent lives at risk, she must decide how much the people of Nottinghamshire mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles and temper have the rare power to unsettle Scarlet. Full of exciting action, secrets, and romance, this imaginative retelling of the classic tale will have readers following every move of Robin Hood and band of thieves.

Book description for Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess (Girl Genius Book 2):

Intrigue! Subterfuge! Circus Folk!

In a time when the Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare, mad science rules the world… with mixed success.

With the help of Krosp, Emperor of All Cats, Agatha has escaped from the massive airship known as Castle Wulfenbach. After crashing their escape dirigible, Agatha and Krosp fall in with Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, a traveling troupe of performers dedicated to staging Heterodyne shows—dramatizations of the exploits of Bill and Barry Heterodyne and their allies—who are unaware of Agatha’s connection to the Heterodyne line.

Pursued by the ruthless Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, his handsome son Gil, and their minions (not to mention Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer), Agatha hides in plain sight among the circus folk, servicing their clanks and proving herself adept in performing the role of Lucrezia Mongfish, nemesis to—and later wife of—Barry Heterodyne. She also begins training under Zeetha, swordmistress and princess of the lost city of Skifander. Together, Agatha, Krosp, and the performers travel across the treacherous wasteland of war-torn Europa, towards Mechanicsburg, and the ancestral home of the Heterodynes—Castle Heterodyne.

But with many perils standing in her way—including Wulfenbach’s crack troops, mysterious Geisterdamen, savage Jägermonsters, and the fabled Storm King—it’s going to take more than a spark of Mad Science for Agatha to get through…

From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the multiple WCCA and Hugo Award-winning webcomic Girl Genius, comes Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess, a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! And Mad Science!

Fairy Tales in Advertising: NACC (Children's Cancer Support Center): Snow White

NACC (Children's Cancer Support Center): Snow white
Once upon a time a girl dreamed to be just like other children.

Okay, so from looking at so many of these international advertisements, they get away with more Disney imagery in their ads in Brazil than we do in the US. Worthy cause, so Disney isn't wise to pursue too vigorously, but they don't like this stuff without their permission. And without their logo, I don't think they did provide any information. And they also don't like messing with images of their iconic characters either in professional advertising,so this would ever receive permission in this iteration.

I did some freelance work with Disney catalog back in my poor newlywed, living in California days and nope, just nope. I was REALLY HORRIBLE at Disney copy writing by the way. We parted ways with great relief on both sides. Amicable separation.

This is cease and desist territory here. This is an example of what not to do. And there's ways to do this just as effectively without infringing on copyright. But it takes more effort. Don't be lazy! And you would never get away with this in the US. Never, ever. Do a Google search on Disney's legal pursuits on these matters and be aware. Some of those stories are legendary among a certain segment of the population.

Campaign info from Ads of the World:

Advertising Agency: MMS, Recife, Brazil
Creative Director: Márcio Gomes
Art Director: Filipe Cavalcanti
Copywriter: Leo Farache
Illustrator: Fernando Raposo